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 Area Rug Care

Regular vacuuming will help rugs retain their beauty and will extend the life of the rug.

Clean food and beverage spills immediately by removing the excess material gently with a spoon and then use R2X™- stain and soil remover. If R2X is not abailable use a solution of clear, non-bleach dish washing detergent (1/4 tsp detergent to 32 oz water).  Gently agitate the pile and blot with white paper towels until no transfer of the spill or color.  Rinse by spraying with clean water and blot dry. To help the area dry faster try placing a thick stack of white paper towels on the area and then put a smooth bottomed casserole dish on top. Use a milk jug filled with water or some other heavy object in the dish. You can switch out stacks of paper towels until there is no more moisture present.    

Professional carpet cleaning is recommended using the hot water extraction method. Do not dry clean your Shaw Rugs and or use bleach.

For a complete area rugs care guide and warranty information click here.

Area Rug Q&A

To start your area rug shopping off right, we've collected the most-asked questions, along with their basic answers.

Q. What size rug do I need in my living room?

A. A large rug is generally recommended when all the furniture is contained within the rug area. Using a size (such as 9' x 12' or 8' x 11') that allows a border of flooring to show symmetrically on all sides is an attractive look. Smaller rugs (5' x 8', for example) are often used to define a conversation area.

Q. Do I need a round rug with a round table?

A. A round rug is suitable as long as it is large enough to accommodate the chairs. If you often add leaves to the table, a rectangle is the better choice.

Q. I love Oriental rugs but have contemporary furniture. Will they work together?

A. Rugs are versatile, in that designs can cross decorating styles. Just make sure they coordinate with the room's color scheme and patterns.

Q. I have a lot of pattern in my room. Do I need a plain rug?

A. Not necessarily. But you should coordinate the color palette and balance the size and scale of the rug design with other fabrics used in the room. When mixing patterns, try to equalize the large, the medium, and the small. If the sofa fabric is a large print, go with a smaller-scale geometric or striped rug. A large-scale rug design can provide a much-needed focal point in a room filled with small- to medium-scale patterns.

Q. How can I make a dramatic statement with a rug in my home's entryway?

A. Choose a round or square design that conveys your style to everyone who walks in the door. The rug should cover a large portion of the area, allowing at least an 18" to 24" border of floor to frame it. You might also use coordinating rugs in adjacent rooms or other areas of your home.

Q. Can I put a rug over carpet?

A. Rugs on carpet create a rich, layered effect and break the monotony of large, solid-color carpet areas. As they do on any floor, rugs on carpet can define a conversation area or provide a spark of color. In a carpeted bedroom, a small rug at the foot of the bed creates a touch of warmth.